Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

North Vows to Honor Truce That Ended Korean War United States, China Join Session to Pick Date for 4-Party Talks

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

North Vows to Honor Truce That Ended Korean War United States, China Join Session to Pick Date for 4-Party Talks

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North Korea promised to honor the truce that ended the Korean War 44 years ago in a meeting Tuesday with China, South Korea and the United States on forging a lasting peace on the divided peninsula.

Representatives of those countries met at Columbia University to decide on a date, venue and agenda for four-party talks on the Koreas - the last major flashpoint from the Cold War.

Tuesday's session marked the first time that China, which backed the North during the Korean War, took part in the talks.

Formal peace talks would aim to establish a new security arrangement, perhaps a peace treaty, to replace the armistice in 1953 that ended Korea's fighting.

None of the four delegation leaders replied when asked whether they expected progress from the talks. But when the delegations broke for lunch, Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister Chen Jian said, "So far, so good" and flashed a "V" for victory sign. The talks were scheduled to resume today.

Date Set

Sources close to the talks said the delegations agreed to set a date for a peace conference first, to be followed by discussions on the place. Lastly, they will take up the agenda - the key sticking point because of North Korea's demands for the pullout of U.S. troops from the South.

The North Korean delegate, Kim Gye Gwan, said his country wanted a "fruitful conclusion" to the talks and indicated that it would be willing to discuss confidence-building measures with the South.

Mike McCurry, the White House press secretary, said: "It is encouraging that all four parties are now engaged in at least the preparatory process. We hope that it will lead to ongoing dialogue that will lead to a peaceful resolution of the conflict on the Korean Peninsula."

Tuesday's talks opened against the backdrop of North Korea's grave food and economic crisis, which threatens the survival of one of the world's last hard-line Marxist nations. …

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